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The prediction of respiratory distress syndrome by laboratory methods is discussed in this article. Because of the relatively low prevalence of this disease, methods with exceptionally high diagnostic sensitivity and specificity are required, although they are not always readily available. This work discusses the utility of commonly used methods in the context of the physical and chemical principles involved. The emphasis is on practical application and issues of use to the clinical laboratory in approaching this controversial and difficult area of laboratory assessment.
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